Management Team and Advisers
Stephen Conley PhD, President
Dr. Conley received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the California State University, Chico and his PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis. His research focused on processes controlling transport of trace gases in the planetary boundary layer, with emphasis on turbulent motions. Prior to becoming an atmospheric scientist, Dr. Conley founded several successful companies and served as an officer in the United States Navy. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time.
Don Lenschow PhD, Advisor
Tracey Baldwin, MS, PMP, Chief of Operations
Tracey received a Master’s degree in Biology from Florida International University. Tracey’s scientific interests are founded in phytochemistry and ecology, specifically, how ecosystems respond to changing climactic conditions. Currently, she is the Chief of Operations for Scientific Aviation. Her previous work primarily involved operations and logistics for large research teams from pole to pole. Her assignments have taken her to faraway places from Barrow, Alaska to McMurdo and Palmer Stations, Antarctica. She worked at the US Antarctic Program as the science project manager and more recently on the science leadership team at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). When not working, Tracey enjoys riding her very old bike, traveling, camping, and exercising her two dogs, (Timaru & Baloo).
Bear Givhan, Lead Pilot
Bear completed his commercial, instrument and private flight ratings in Boulder Colorado and has a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado. Bear is currently working as a full-time pilot for Scientific Aviation. Each day brings a new challenge and new people to work with. It is special to be part of an organization that is gathering first-hand data on the current state of our planet. When not flying science missions or working in the office, Bear enjoys riding his mountain bike and generally doing activities that get him outside.
Ian Locko, Science Pilot
Ian joined Scientific Aviation as a pilot after a career in Public Service. Ian started flying in 2008 with the intent of impressing women. After he met his fiancé, he soon changed course and is solely flying for compensation these days. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Psychology. He is passionate about environmental issues affecting the world. When not airborne, Ian enjoys photography and spending time on mountain snow.
Mitchell Hoke, Pilot
Image soon! Welcome to the team, Mitch!
Mitch graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Science. He pursued his passion for cycling racing around the country with various professional teams and the US National Team. In 2014, he started pursuing his childhood dream of flying by taking flight lessons at the Boulder airport. He loved flying so much that he joined the Wyoming Air National Guard to fly C-130 aircraft full-time. After 2 years of training he is back in Boulder, now part of the Scientific Aviation Team. You can find Mitch either flying or riding a bike somewhere, on some great adventure.
Mackenzie Smith, PhD
Mackenzie received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College, and completed her PhD at Harvard, studying aerosol formation and morphology. During her postdoctoral work at University of Michigan, she became interested in using airborne measurement platforms to study atmospheric emissions, and her love for all things airplane began. Working at Scientific Aviation allows her to combine her burgeoning passion for aviation with her desires to conduct high-quality scientific research and tinker with instrumentation. At SciAv, she also gets to engage with scientists from different institutions all over the country, continue to participate in exciting research projects, and see some amazing sights from the air. When not talking about science or airplanes, she can be found drawing anything from human figures to instrument diagrams. She also enjoys riding her very impractical single speed bicycle in hilly Colorado.
Chelsea Stockwell PhD
Coming soon! Welcome to the team, Chelsea!
Past Team Members
Josh Spence, Flight Scientist
Josh Spence is a Flight Scientist and assists with data acquisition, analysis and logistics for our projects. Josh received a Bachelors of Science in Geology from Fort Lewis College in 2016 and is currently working towards his Private Pilot certificate. Working for Scientific Aviation has allowed him to experience a new field of science and travel to exciting locations. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors fly fishing, skiing, and hiking.
Justin Pifer, Pilot
Justin is a second generation pilot who started his flying career in St Louis. He completed his Instrument and Commercial Pilot Certificates in Colorado while also earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. At Scientific Aviation, Justin combines his passion for aviation with his interest in the environment.